Three Lessons from the Jonathan Pak, Korea

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Jonathan Pak from Korea. 1. God May Test Your Integrity and Trustworthiness. Jonathan’s financial planning firm in Korea has 95 advisors serving more than 10,000 clients. But before God gave him this successful business, Jonathan says, “I was very poor and didn’t have enough to run my family, because I could not find a job during an economic recession.” To secure a job […]

Three Lessons from the Bistrian Family, Romania

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Emanuel and Bianca Bistrian from Romania. 1. Give First. “We started a real estate fund as Romania was going through a boom; we were buying and selling property,” Emanuel explains. “Now we’ve moved into developing entire communities—a community feel where everything is within walking distance.” When the Bistrians’ firm sells a house, the first part goes to God; they give away the first […]

Three Lessons from Rajiv Kumaraswamy, Indonesia

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Rajiv Kumaraswamy from Indonesia. 1. Jesus Gives Purpose to Our Giving. “From the time we were very young,” says Rajiv, “the value of helping others was instilled into me from my family. I was raised as a Buddhist in Sri Lanka.” Rajiv continued, “My family there is very philanthropic. My great grandfather donated schools, built the biggest public maternity hospital and donated it […]

Randy Alcorn on “Should Giving Always Be Kept Secret?”

Situation: Prem from India Prem from India recently attended a JOG. Welcome Prem! He then wrote: In the area of giving, Matthew 6:1-4 points that “when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly”. I struggle to put this in perspective while planning to give towards organised ministries, where the givers details have to be mentioned for accounting and transparency […]

Three Lessons from Suparno Adijanto, Indonesia

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Suparno Adijanto from Indonesia. 1. What Do You Hold in Your Hands? “Upon graduating, I worked in the family business,” Suparno explains. “I had a low starting salary, so I pondered how to serve the Lord through giving. I decided, besides money, to give more time and talents to God’s work. Over the years, my salary increased and I was able to increase my […]

“Do I Give More or Invest?” Alan Barnhart, Michael Blue, Henry Kaestner and Pete Ochs Respond

Situation: Give or Invest in My Business? Julian from the UK attended a JOG recently. He then sent us this question: What is the right balance between ensuring the continuing growth and success of our business (with career development and rewarding, meaningful jobs for employees) and giving wealth to charities and external good causes? Friends in India asked a very similar question. Our friend Pete Ochs says, “You’ve just asked the $64,000 question!” We reached out to Pete, along with our friend Alan Barnhart, Michael Blue, and Henry Kaestner for […]

Three Lessons from Paul Dettmann, Australia

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Paul Dettmann from Australia. 1. The Generosity Habits We Form Early Shape Our Life in Giving. Paul grew up as the sixth generation on his family’s farm, about a one hour’s journey from Melbourne, Australia. After a few years of marriage, he was living in a cottage on his family’s land, working as an agronomist. “We didn’t have much at all,” Paul explains. […]

Three Lessons from Andy Corley, United Kingdom

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Andy Corley from the United Kingdom 1. Delight in Your Calling as a Kingdom Entrepreneur. “I became an exploration geologist and rose through the company for the next 20-odd years and had some success,” Andy says. “I got to board levels of some very big companies, but then in my 40th year, I was canned and spent two years out of work.” Time […]

Three Lessons from Surya Gunadi, Indonesia

Each month, we introduce you to a Christian who is on the generosity path, and we ask them what God’s taught them about giving. This month, meet Surya Gunadi from Indonesia. 1. Recognize How Amazing it is that the Word Became Flesh.  Surya was on track to become a Buddhist monk. At Christmastime, we always remember that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This has special meaning for Surya. “I was eighteen years old and three months away from becoming a Buddhist monk,” says Surya. “I thought Buddha […]